Another big weekend looms for our local sides with all five engaged in matches against teams with as much to play for as they do.Nas Bashir’s Hayes & Yeading United have had a disappointing week, picking up only one point from matches against relegation rivals AFC Telford United and Lincoln City – results which have left them in the bottom four.Although only one point behind 20th placed Newport County, the Welsh side have three games in hand following their run to the FA Trophy final.Things are unlikely to get much better for the west London side on Saturday as they face a long trip to promotion chasing Southport who have only lost one of their last 10 league games, a run which began with a 2-0 win at United”s temporary Kingfield home back in January.Possibly the match of the weekend sees Hampton & Richmond Borough host rivals Sutton United in a crucial Blue Square Bet South game.Unlike Hayes, the Beavers have had a great few days winning back-to-back away matches against Weston-Super-Mare and Dover Athletic to give their chances of avoiding the drop a huge boost.Harrow boss Anderson will want his team to bounce back.Only goal difference is keeping them in the relegation zone and they still have games in hand on those immediately above them.Sutton, meanwhile, are at the other end of the table going for their second consecutive promotion after being crowned Ryman League champions last season.Their form has dipped a bit in recent weeks, meaning that going up automatically now looks beyond them but a play-off place seems certain. With this in mind, expect a decent game and a big crowd.Another side chasing promotion is Ryman League Hendon.Last Saturday they dropped a couple of points at home to struggling Carshalton Athletic which provided further evidence that their play-off campaign might be running out of steam.However, they bounced back on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over Cray Wanderers, who they leapfrogged to get back into fifth place.Whether they hold on to it will depend greatly on how they do at Lewes on Saturday. The Rooks are snapping at the Greens’ heels and will go level on points with them if they win.When they met at Vale Farm earlier in the season they fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw and with pretty similar form coming into this one, we could see more of the same.Wealdstone are perhaps starting to show signs of a successful season catching up with them.After their run to the FA Trophy semi-finals and Middlesex Senior Cup final, the fixtures are coming thick and fast. Since Saturday they have played twice in the league and failed to win either, a sequence which has not occurred since January.They also received news that goalkeeper Jonathan North (pictured above) suffered a double-leg break in the defeat at Canvey Island on Tuesday to further hit their promotion hopes.They are currently eight points off a play-off place but with three games in hand on Hendon, it remains a mathematical possibility.A win at fourth placed Bury Town on Saturday will raise spirits no end but the hosts are unbeaten at home in the league since September and come into this match having just won the Ryman League Cup, so it appears a tough ask.Dave Anderson’s Harrow Borough went into last weekend’s fixture against Aveley knowing a win would effectively relegate their opponents while going a long way to keeping themselves in the Ryman Premier.The Essex club lost their previous match 6-0 at home to Billericay but somehow managed to raise themselves and win 3-2.With fellow strugglers Leatherhead picking up a surprise win at Cray on Sunday, it was a bad weekend all round for Boro who now sit only three points above the relegation places.On Saturday they host Canvey Island – another team who are involved in the battle for fifth place.Boro narrowly lost 1-0 to them on Non-League Day back in September and their form (two wins from five) is patchy. With Leatherhead playing Aveley on the same day, there will be little margin for error.All Premier and Football League season-ticket holders get in for half price at all our local teams’ home league games. Check their websites for details.
QPR have confirmed that Ben Gladwin’s loan spell at Bristol City has been cancelled and he will return to the first-team squad for the run-in.The 23-year-old was recalled earlier this month for treatment on a knee injury sustained during his time at Ashton Gate.It restricted him to just one appearance for the Robins but he is now fit enough to play a part for Rangers in the final eight games of the season.Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told QPR’s website: “Ben wasn’t playing at Bristol City so it is better that he is here with us.“We are heading into the last month or so of the campaign, and he is going to feature so that we can integrate him ahead of next season.”Gladwin signed from Swindon Town last summer and returned there on loan in October after making just two league appearances for Rangers.The former Hayes & Yeading man was recalled soon after Hasselbaink was appointed manager at Loftus Road, but although he featured in the FA Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest, he was promptly loaned out again.See also:QPR v Middlesbrough line-ups: key duo return, Hoilett and Robinson on bench, one Boro changeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Tennis, thus, failed to win a gold in the competition and will go home with two silvers and two bronzes.The other silver came from Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales in the men’s doubles last Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKatharina Lehnert and Denise Dy also wound up third place in women’s doubles.Dy and Gonzales settled for bronze in mixed doubles which the country ruled two years ago in Singapore through Dy and Treat Huey. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Anna Clarice Patrimonio of the Philippines competes against Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals of women’s singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games lawn tennis competition Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Kuala Lumpur. Kumkhum prevailed, 6-0, 6-1, to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Clarice Patrimonio had to settle for silver after running into a solid-steel Luksika Khumkhum of Thailand, 6-0, 6-1, Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games tennis women’s singles competition.The rain-marred finals at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex was a lopsided affair as the FIlipina could not find a way to get through the Thai, who once was ranked 85th in the world and has an Asian Games doubles gold under her belt (2014 Incheon).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble in much-hyped fight SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
AMES, IA – JANUARY 7: A Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears on January 7, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It’s a good time to be a college basketball fan in Iowa. The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, and Iowa State may be back on the rise after a big home win on Monday night against Kansas. After the game, governor Terry Branstad made his way to the Cyclones locker room. There, he was convinced to hit “the dab,” which is still a dance that people are doing.I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t get him to “run off on da plug twice,” but its probably for the best.
Kobe Bryant has returned to the Lakers after traveling to Germany last week for routine medical treatment on his knee.Bryant received a standing ovation as he walked on to the floor in sweats during Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Lakers preseason game against the Denver Nuggets. The all-star, who is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last NBA season, spoke about the progress of his injuries in a television interview.“It’s going well,” Bryant said. “I feel good. Obviously, I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. It’s about trying to get that range of motion back where I feel like I can run comfortably. The last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance, and that will come.”There is no firm return date for Bryant’s return, but he has been making light jogging runs and set shooting in the Laker’s training camp practice.“Just keep grinding. Keep working hard and getting better,” Bryant said. “I gotta get in shape, too. I’ve been sitting on my butt now for a while. I gotta get up and get moving.”
DeMarco Murray, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 27 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington / Getty Images Walt: If you think back to that playoff run two years back, how many of those players — besides Riley Cooper, the platonic ideal of a Philadelphian — are still with Philly? Not a lot! And with Mark Sanchez to fall back on, Kelly is definitely opening his team up to some risk here, right?Neil: Sanchez backers might point out that he had by far the best year of his career in Kelly’s system last season. But that’s also kind of the point: Sanchez broke new ground by barely being above average and then parlayed it into $5.5 million guaranteed over two years — a pretty rich deal by backup standards. And now that they have Bradford, the Eagles have managed to collect the league’s two least-efficient starting QBs over the past five seasons by yards gained per pass attempt.Ben, what’s the Skeptical Football take on these guys?Ben: Foles, I love. He plays the position with the kind of aggressive win-maximizing abandon that I endorse, takes risks and throws deep when he needs to, and it has paid off with a fair amount of team success. However, it’s still unclear to me whether he actually has the skills to be a great quarterback in this league or has been running on scrappiness and good fortune alone. Take his much-maligned deep ball: Foles completed only 34 percent of his deep passes (more than 15 yards downfield) in 2014 but completed enough big plays that he gained an average of 0.23 expected points per attempt on them overall. (In fact, this was the main source of his value added for the season, as he just about broke even on short attempts.) Shrewd gambler though he may be, that combination isn’t sustainable.While Bradford has been extremely inefficient (like Neil says), it should also be noted that his career so far falls in the extremely common category of heralded quarterbacks put into a terrible situation who were serviceable but failed to turn it around single-handedly. When it comes to evaluating the first few years of a QB’s career, that’s just about the least informative scenario. If you have faith in Bradford’s skills for whatever reasons (including old-fashioned ones like scouting), your belief at least hasn’t yet been disproved. In a whole new situation like this, his trajectory is unpredictable. It won’t surprise me if he’s an all-star in a few years or if he’s out of the league entirely.If there’s a method to Kelly’s madness here, I think it’s that, given the totality of circumstances, Bradford regressing to his own personal mean would probably mean better production, while Foles regressing would probably mean worse production.As an empirical matter, this trade has me excited. How often do you get such a great opportunity to cross-compare like this? It’s two chances to see how the texture of a quarterback’s performance changes when he switches environments AND two chances to see how a team’s production changes when it’s led by different quarterbacks. No matter what happens, it’ll be an empirical coup. We should learn a lot about a lot more than just these QBs.Neil: Of course, all this assumes that Kelly is telling the truth when he says he won’t trade up in the draft to snag his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota as the team’s long-term future at the position. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from the first few months of Kelly’s tenure as grocery-shopper (in addition to cook), it’s to expect the unexpected.Walt: The only thing less trustworthy than an Eagles fan is an Eagles coach. Quarterback Sam Bradford, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, watches a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Nov. 9 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images Tuesday marked the beginning of a new year on the NFL calendar, and the Philadelphia Eagles apparently decided to celebrate the occasion with a flurry of major transactions. In response, we summoned a special FiveThirtyEight NFL roundtable, wherein Ben Morris, Neil Paine and Walt Hickey discuss the big moves, continue to debate Chip Kelly’s mad genius and ponder what all this roster reshuffling amounts to.Neil Paine: Walt, when last we convened to discuss NFL transactions, you hailed Rex Ryan for grabbing LeSean McCoy but also gave some credit to Chip Kelly for smartly freeing up cap space. Now we have the news that Kelly — in the wake of being spurned by Frank Gore — has essentially executed an old-school challenge trade at the game’s most important position, dealing Nick Foles to St. Louis for Sam Bradford. Have you embraced Kelly’s madness?Walt Hickey: As I understand it — which is barely — Kelly is either making a dramatic short in the Philadelphia jersey market, destroying the value of essentially any fan’s merchandise purchased two or more years ago, or winning the Kobayashi Maru while the rest of the league is playing Snakes and Ladders. Both situations are troubling. As a Giants fan, my only thought is: What’s his play?Ben Morris: I like to imagine that Chip Kelly and Les Snead were just chillin’ and Kelly was like, “Dude, crazy hypothetical that just popped into my head: What would happen if we just right out and switched quarterbacks? I mean, neither of us is in love with who we have, and people always say that kind of thing: ‘What would happen if you put Brady on the Broncos and Manning on the Patriots?’ Honestly, I have no idea what would happen, but could you imagine?” And then after a lengthy chortle, a tiny uncomfortable silence took over before they nearly simultaneously grinned and went, “[expletive] it.”Neil: The swap is a bit puzzling, I admit. Foles was inconsistent when healthy last season, and his staggeringly efficient 2013 campaign was driven in part by a freakishly low interception rate. But for all of Foles’s up-and-down play, he still has a far better statistical track record than Bradford, who — let’s also point out — missed all of last season with a knee injury. In fairness, Bradford was saddled with a terrible supporting cast in St. Louis, and he still carries the prestige of a former No. 1 overall draft pick. So if you squint, Kelly kind of turned a former third-round QB into the highest of first-rounders. But both of these guys have been out of college so long that it’s a real stretch to make that argument. Neil: Let’s shift gears to Thursday’s news that Kelly’s Eagles inked former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to a five-year, $42 million contract (with $21 million guaranteed). Ben, you wrote about Murray several times last season — what are your thoughts on Philly picking him up?Ben: The main thing to like about the Eagles signing DeMarco Murray is that they didn’t absolutely break the bank to do it. While $42 million over five years with $21 million guaranteed is a fair amount for a running back, it’s comparable to what LeSean McCoy got from Buffalo. While it likely isn’t a huge value move, the important part is that it isn’t Adrian Peterson money.The two main Murray knocks are 1) that he played behind a supposedly stellar offensive line in Dallas and 2) that he has had some fumbling problems that have negated much of his would-be Win Percentage Added over the past few seasons. These are both legitimate concerns, and — assuming it’s true that the Cowboys were only willing to offer Murray $5 million per year — it would seem his former employers took them seriously.Yet, again, the deal seems to have a fairly high upside. Both of the Murray knocks are in the “reasonable doubt” category — they’re not outright proof that Murray isn’t the real deal. And if he is, the Eagles may be getting the “ideal running back” at a reasonable price.Neil: Like you said, though, Murray’s contract ended up being only slightly cheaper than the deal given to McCoy after Kelly abruptly traded him to the Bills a little over a week ago. In addition, Murray will be 27 years old next season — the same age as McCoy (at a position where peak production comes at age 26, I might add) — and the two players have practically identical per-carry and per-game stats over the past four seasons.Walt, what keeps this from being a lateral move for the Eagles? And if so, doesn’t that just reinforce the notion that Kelly the GM is flying by the seat of his pants this offseason with no discernible plan? (Which seems especially likely in the case of Murray’s signing, since Kelly inked Ryan Mathews, another RB, earlier in the week.)Walt: This is totally a lateral move for the Eagles! But it’s a rather brilliant one. The de facto result of the past several weeks is that Kelly traded McCoy for Kiko Alonso, Murray and extra cap space. Which, honestly, seems nice. If you’re obsessed with ages and their relationship to productivity in interchangeable running backs, Neil, that’s not a terrible move, provided it was planned.Naturally, I hope this week is terrible for Philadelphia and its citizens. But these moves are exciting and matter. Looking at the 2013 roster, there’s very little continuity at skill positions — Brent Celek, Riley Cooper, Jeff Maehl and Chris Polk. That’s a lot of turnover! But I think Eagles fans just have to go for the ride here.Neil: As our colleague (and Philly sports aficionado) Jody Avirgan tweeted, being an Eagles fan is suddenly a bit like working a low-level job on the Manhattan Project: You have no idea what the master plan is — or if one even exists — but you have to trust that the smart guys at the top know what they’re doing.I do wonder how long this fan base’s patience will last if these machinations don’t quickly lead to wins. But maybe that’s how you build a winner in the NFL, by taking these kinds of chances.Ben: You can kind of see Kelly’s meta-strategy coming together: He’s going to either build a contender or crash and burn. As a gambler, I like it: He’s setting up a parlay, no doubt — but one that seems like it could pay off big if it hits.
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Print Friendly Version The Cardinals maintained possession and wore down a tough Lindsey Wilson team to improve their spring record to 3-1. Louisville has outscored collegiate opponents 12-2 so far this spring and have one spring match remaining. The Cardinals welcome Indiana, a 2018 Final Four team, to Lynn Stadium on Friday, April 19th at 7:30pm. Admission to the match is free. Louisville again controlled play through long spells of possession and eventually found Cherif Dieye wide in a one vs. one situation. Dieye beat his man on the dribble and found Haji Abdikadir on the top of the 18-yard box, who controlled the pass and took a shot on goal that was whistled dead because of a Blue Raider handball. Abdikadir didn’t waste his second opportunity as he beautifully placed a direct free kick in the 32nd minute into the left side of the goal to increase the score line to 2-0. It was Abdikadir’s second goal in as many games. Story Links Coach Hayden challenged his team at half time to continue their strong play. The challenge was accepted as the Cards scored just one minute in to the second half. Freshman Jack Fasteen controlled the ball on left wing and passed centrally to Wheeler. Wheeler calmly turned his defender and connected with Liam Bennett. Bennett bounced the ball to Dieye who beat his defender and hit a screamer into the right side of the goal to bring the score to 3-0. The University of Louisville men’s soccer team defeated Lindsey Wilson 3-0 in spring play on Friday night. The Cardinals scored early and didn’t look back in their lone away spring match. Senior Cody Cochran scored his first goal of the spring in the 2nd minute of play to give the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead over the Blue Raiders. Izaiah Jennings and Kino Ryosuke worked a short corner, finding Cameron Wheeler, who whipped in a ball into the near side of the box. The Blue Raiders were unable to clear the ball and Jennings collected the second ball and squared the ball across the box. Cochran, unmarked on the back post, calmly placed the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead. The Cards settled into the match and found long spells of possession as the first half played on. Junior goalkeeper Will Meyer was not called on often as he posted the Cards’ first shutout of the spring season, but showed great anticipation quickly coming off his line in the 24th minute to break up Lindsey Wilson’s attempt at the long ball.